Welcome to the Paroo page.
Paroo Branch was originally formed to incorporate families from Hungerford, Yantabulla and Wanaaring as it was felt that Bourke and Cunnamulla groups were too far away for meetings.
The inaugural meeting was held at Hungerford on 23rd April 1979. Office bearers were: President - Donald Benn, Secretary - Mrs Bev Warren and Treasurer Judy Bishop. That first meeting was chaired by Mr Mal Robertson, and the branch's account was opened with a donation from Mal of $26.59. This money was raised after Mal 'handed the hat around' after entertaining the crowd with his busking.
Membership of the original Paroo branch was 30 families which really expressed the need for the ICPA to form a branch in this area. Due to rural conditions and the declining numbers of families the Paroo branch has seen decline in the number of family memberships. A meeting held on the 9th November 1996 discussed the option of closing down the branch due to the decline in numbers. HOWEVER...."a vote was taken of all members present and a resounding resolution to keep the branch open resulted" (minutes 9/11/96) This was a pleasing result for even though we are small in numbers, our concerns for rural children and education remain the same.
Branch member Christine Ferguson was elcted to State council at the 2003 Conference in Bourke.